COVID-19 update – We are returning to competitive football!!!

On Friday, 17th July 2020 the UK Government approved the FA’s plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football.


As a result, Deeping United F.C. and the rest of the grassroots football community, have the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.

The FA have prepared guidelines for a safe return and, following Government approval, these have been published.  All our players, coaches, volunteers and parents/carers should read the FA’s full guidelines.  They should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government COVID-19 guidance. For further information please see:

It is good news that competitive football activity can now take place at Deeping United FC with the necessary modifications to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.  However, the FA strongly recommends a phased return to competitive football activity.  With that in mind, we will:

  • From 28th July 2020 - Begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people

  • From 1st August 2020  – Participate in competitive matches, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small-sided football competitions

  • From September – Play league games.


However, returning to competitive football is at the discretion of parents/carers and coaches of each team.

In accordance with FA’s guidelines, we have updated our guidance to ensure we are thoroughly prepared.  All Players, coaches, volunteers and parents/carers should familiarise themselves with this and must undertake the relevant actions.

Football Association COVID-19 Guidance